Matt Kemp swears that he is over the celebrity status he had while dating Rihanna and is ready to get back to focusing on baseball, only.
Yahoo! Sports remembers when Matt Kemp arrived as a rookie: “His skills were breathtaking. Built thick and strong and fast…with home-run power and base-stealing speed…”
“He [became] a regular in early summer of 2007…. The cash-poor Dodgers signed him to a two-year contract worth $10.95 million.”
But then…Rihanna happened. “The Dodgers were losing. Kemp played as if distracted. His general manager called him out in April. His manager benched him in June. A friend of Kemp’s confided he’d lost him to a world that barely had time for baseball. His body swelled, his bat slowed, his mind appeared to wander. He didn’t compete, not the way he once had, before the money and the celebrity and the fast company.”
In Matt Kemp’s own words, he confesses: “I don’t know if I got too comfortable.”
But when asked if he feels scarred by last season, he says, “What? Scarred? No, man. I’m not trippin’ about last year. Last year was last year. This year is this year.”
Well, good for you, Matt! We’re glad you’ve not fallen to Rihanna’s voodoo mind tricks!